Governor Beshear Will Take Pay Cut

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Steve Beshear says he will take a 10
percent pay cut next year to signal his willingness to help
Kentucky through tough economic times.

Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo and senior members of his cabinet have
agreed to take similar salary cuts for the year.

Governor Beshear said the cuts are a signal that they are willing to
"share in the sacrifices."

Governor Beshear has had to slash spending by some $430 million this year because of a revenue shortfall.

Meanwhile, Beshear has asked state government and public
university officials to show how a 4-percent budget cut would
affect them. Beshear spokeswoman Jill Midkiff says the governor is
reviewing those reports and is expected to release a proposal to
deal with the budget shortfall later this week.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by k Location: pike on Dec 9, 2008 at 02:39 PM
    All state and county officials should take a cut in pay. They are just a bunch of over-flated egos walking around anyway. They use their positions to make money, not to help the people. They are just a bunch of liars. Who needs officials when the people can and should speak for themselves?
  • by Me Location: Hazard on Dec 9, 2008 at 01:13 PM
    What 10% that want even be a drop in the bucket, how about 30% then he can brag. You know that 10% is more than most people make all year and they have real jobs.
  • by Tom Location: Lex on Dec 9, 2008 at 12:43 PM
    The republicans sure have us in a mess.
  • by Dean Location: Floyd County on Dec 9, 2008 at 12:28 PM
    The cut will drop Beshear's salary from $124,384 to $111,945, and Mongiardo's from $101,597 to $91,437. Wouldn't you like to have so little to live on? Remember this cut does nothing about their free Government cars, gas, credit cards and don't forget their beloved travel expense vouchers!!! So don't feel too sorry for them.
  • by KyMom Location: Pikeville on Dec 9, 2008 at 10:49 AM
    To Unknown ~ It's a good thought you have there, but in order to have the necessary amount of time required to do some of these jobs, they don't have time on top of that to have a job that can actually pay their bills. I agree though that you shouldn't be able to have two demanding postions like a school teacher and some type of county official but some type of pay would need to be offered. I also agree with Common Sense, there are too many people doing the same job seems like.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 9, 2008 at 08:37 AM
    Good job, Governor....we are praying for our state economy and our nation....God bless America!
  • by Heather Location: perry on Dec 9, 2008 at 07:16 AM
    Let's get pay cuts from all the court house officials.
  • by COMMON SENSE Location: FRANKFORT on Dec 9, 2008 at 05:51 AM
    In my opinion, the whole non-merit staff needs to have a salary reduction. Plus, some of the non-merit positions need to be cut. For example, you have too many Directors with only two or three people assigned to them. Commissioners for every agency. Too much waste. Start at the top and cut. He should have took a 15% cut it would not have hurt him or his staff one bit. Its the merit state workers who keep the work flowing and they cannot even get a decent annual raise. Why keep hiring all of these non-merit. Non-merit positions need to be cut completely.
  • by Jay Location: KY on Dec 9, 2008 at 03:31 AM
    That's big of them...wonder how good their paycuts will do us when they add/raise taxes on us...hmmmm?
  • by john q taxpayer Location: east ky on Dec 8, 2008 at 10:02 PM
    sounds good but lets think about this.They still use goverment vehicles,they dont pay for gas,oil or tires,that is to and from work becuase everywhere they go its always on official business.Meals are free goverment credit card, and not just for them there are hundreds of state employees that have this at there finger tips.and no im not talking about public safety they have vehicles 24-7 for a reason.10% should bring them down to about enough to live very nice and still lose no sleep at night.
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